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Thursday, 22 June 2017

BAGS announced today the latest round of payments to tracks of revenue generated from streaming. This means that, with this payment of £575,000, more than £2.3 million will have been distributed to tracks since the launch of live streaming of greyhound racing back in October 2015 .

 

The most recent payment has been generated through the streaming of live BAGS racing in the last quarter of 2016.

 

BAGS estimates that from the announcements made after the last payment the tracks have committed about 50 per cent of this to go directly into prize money and welfare, providing a further boost to benefit the grass roots of the industry.

 

Dominic Ford, chairman of BAGS said: “This extra funding clearly demonstrates the success that BAGS has had in developing this new on-line source of revenue for the sport.

 

“It also shows that on an annualised basis the Bookmakers are paying an additional £2million to the Greyhound industry. We are seeing continuing growth, our customers are happy and this has led to a further increase in turnover, as outlined in the Gambling Commission report.

 

Phill Adams (pictured), BAGS CEO said: “BAGS streaming has been a real success with both the number of partners and streaming volumes continuing to increase year on year.  We are also very glad of the continuing support of the tracks in ensuring that this additional revenue is going where it is needed.”

 

There are currently 14 streaming partners already live and more are expected to come on-line in the coming months. International markets, including Australia, could see a further increase in funding going back to the sport.

Friday, 16 June 2017

There is plenty in store for greyhound fans in the second half of 2017 after Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services (BAGS) today announced their Sky Sports schedule.

 

BAGS, as programme commissioners, continue to work closely with SIS, Sky Sports, the GBGB and sponsors to produce the best possible coverage.

 

July could not start any better with the Star Sports Greyhound Derby Final coming live from Towcester on Saturday 1st. The competition looks to have everything this year, including a new sponsor.

 

The William Hill Festival of Racing at Sunderland takes place on Wednesday 19th and is likely to attract some big name entries, with the pictured Bubbly Bluebird’s win in the final of the Puppy Plate at this meeting last year making the sport sit up and take note.

 

The cameras then head back down to Nottingham for the final of the Betfred Select Stakes on Wednesday 26th.

 

The Coral Sussex Cup kicks August off with this £10,000 to-the-winner decider over 515m reaching its conclusion on Thursday 3rd. And you can guarantee a bumper entry for this year’s Ladbrokes Gold Cup at Monmore, the final of which takes place on Thursday 17th.

 

Following last year’s successful joint sponsorship of the Peterborough Puppy Derby, William Hill are throwing their weight behind the Peterborough Derby proper this year, and you can watch the final live on Sky Sports and in betting shops in the UK and Ireland on Wednesday 23rd. The decider of the Coral Champion Stakes brings the curtain down on August on Wednesday 30th.

 

The Betfred Steel City Cup, referred to by some as the Derby of the North, is first up in September with the decider staged on Tuesday 5th, then it’s all about the stars of the staying scene when the cameras move to Doncaster on Wednesday 13th for the final of the Yorkshire St Leger, won last year by the gutsy Rubys Rascal.

 

Clondoty Alex ended a run of bad luck when winning last year’s East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth. This year’s renewal of this £15,000 to-the-winner event on Thursday 21st could again see seven times champion trainer Mark Wallis play a strong hand at the finish. The Final of the Ladbrokes Gold Collar takes central stage at Crayford on Tuesday 26th, and will also feature the finals of the Guys and Dolls and Kent Cesarewitch.

 

Stars of the hurdling ranks take centre stage at Sittingbourne with the final of the Grand National on Tuesday October 3rd, alongside the final of the Kent Derby. There are two more live-on-Sky fixtures in October, the William Hill All England Cup at Newcastle on Thursday 19th, before the spotlight focuses on the best of British with the final of the British Breeders’ Stakes from Nottingham on Tuesday 24th.

 

 Just when you thought this year’s coverage couldn’t get any better, November promises to be a quality month of action and offers something for everyone in every division. William Hill continue their sponsorship of the St Leger. And following the closure of Wimbledon, this historic six-bend race now takes root at Perry Barr with the decider takes place on Wednesday 8th.

 

In the past the final of the Puppy Derby has featured as a double header with the St Leger but in a new move this showcase race for youngsters will now go as a standalone event at Towcester with the final on Wednesday 15th.

 

The Betfred Eclipse always attracts a solid entry and this year’s renewal should be no different, with the final taking place on Tuesday 21st.

 

Towcester will again welcome the titans of the marathon scene in November with the TV Trophy reaching its conclusion on Wednesday 29th, won last year by Diane Henry’s Borna Mindy.

 

The Coral Essex Vase reaches its conclusion at Romford on Wednesday, December 7th and the Oaks/Laurels finals night takes place at Belle Vue on Wednesday 13th.

 

“The coverage that is still to come is the best we’ve had,” said Scott Harvey, race programme controller for BAGS. “The final of the Greyhound Derby from Towcester, the return of the Peterborough Derby and William Hill St Leger from its new home at Perry Barr are just a few of the highlights.”

 

“It is vital that we keep this, the sport’s shop window, wide open for all to see, and thanks to the continued support of bookmakers for allowing this to happen. Everyone dreams of seeing their dog run on Sky Sports. It doesn’t get any bigger and these competitions present owners and trainers with their best chance of a spot in the limelight.”

 

BAGS chairman Dominic Ford added: “We are delighted that our partnership with Sky continues to deliver top class Greyhound Racing into people’s living rooms.”

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services (BAGS) has today announced a schedule for next year’s Sky Sports greyhound fixtures for the first half of 2017. BAGS, as programme commissioners, have worked closely with sponsors, tracks and Sky Sports in recent months to formulate coverage from January to June, comprising 15 fixtures.

 

The first of the Sky fixtures will take place at Romford on Wednesday, 11 January for the final of the Coral Coronation Cup, and the cameras will be in Birmingham on Wednesday 25 January when the Prestige is staged at Hall Green over 645 metres, won this year by John Mullins’ Deanridge Pennys. The renewal of the GTA Trainers Championship will be held at a venue to be confirmed on Tuesday, 31 January.

 

There is currently one fixture in February, the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket at Crayford on Tuesday 21 February, which has been a real success since sponsors moved the final from the traditional Saturday morning fixture on the BAGS service, to a midweek slot live on Sky Sports.

 

Hurdling to the fore in March with the decider of the Springbok on Tuesday 7th. Although the venue remains to be confirmed, Central Park, Sittingbourne have expressed a strong interest in taking on this prestigious event ahead of Wimbledon’s impending closure in 2017. No decision has been made yet on the future of the Juvenile, which would normally accompany the hurdles decider on the same billing. Current sponsors the Racing Post are waiting to see where the Greyhound Derby will be staged next year before making their decision.

 

The final of the Arc at Swindon brings March to a close on Wednesday 22nd.

 

There are two live-on-Sky fixtures in April, the Three Steps at Sheffield on Tuesday 5th, followed by the decider of the Category One Bresmed Northern Sprint back at the South Yorkshire track on Tuesday 25th.

 

May gets underway at Hove on Wednesday 3rd with the Final of the Coral Regency, won this year by Billys Bullet (pictured above), who produced one of the most memorable comebacks in greyhound history to land this £10,000 prize after a year off following serious injury. The Sky cameras then roll on to Kinsley on Tuesday 16th for the final of the Betfred Gymcrack.

 

Full coverage of the Greyhound Derby at its new home from the third round onwards will be shown live on Sky. The working party set up by the GBGB to produce a plan for the future of this, the sport’s greatest race, is continuing its search for a sponsor.

 

However, the dates are already locked in place in June and the third round will take place on Saturday 10th, the quarter finals on Tuesday 13th, the semis on Saturday 17th with the final on Saturday 24th.

 

Note: Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services is the rights holder and organiser of televised racing to licensed betting premises. For further information contact Scott Harvey on 0207 434 0123.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

BAGS and SIS are pleased to announce the 2017 fixture list for British Greyhound racing supplied to UK and Ireland betting shops and online operators.

 

The fixture list for 2017 will be identical in structure as last year, with one alteration, and will include the same number of meetings in the same slots to give the Greyhound betting customer a consistent offer. BAGS have consulted with different parts of the industry to ensure that customers continue to have the best quality racing available whilst ensuring that the highest operational standards in regards to welfare and integrity are maintained.

 

There is one alteration to the fixture list in the following slot:  On Thursday evenings Monmore will race throughout the year to include the summer months

 

The full BAGS fixture list will be shown on the SIS FACTS channel for independent bookmakers and will be part of the core content for bookmakers with their own TV channels. This continues a 28 year relationship between BAGS and SIS to ensure that British Greyhound racing receives the widest possible exposure in UK and Irish bookmaker shops.

 

Notes to editors - About BAGS

 

Since 1967 BAGS has been the rights holder for UK Greyhound meetings appearing in bookmaker shops.  BAGS provide more than 29,000 greyhound races into licensed betting offices in the UK and Ireland and more than 20 international territories.

 

BAGS races are broadcast 363 days a year with racing starting at 11am and running though until 9.30 pm.

 

All 18 tracks that provide racing to BAGS are governed by The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB). Integrity and welfare remain hugely important principles for BAGS and with the increasing annual licence fees, BAGS is helping to support the future of the sport of Greyhound racing in the UK.  http://www.bagsracing.com/

 

About SIS

 

SIS (Satellite Information Services Ltd) is a leading supplier of products and services to the online and retail betting markets and has been at the heart of global bookmaking for more than a quarter of a century. SIS delivers multiple channels of live racing, data and commentary from racecourses and greyhound tracks in the UK, Ireland and across the world.

 

In addition to trusted satellite delivery, SIS has developed its own low latency streaming platform - SIS Stream, which delivers quick, secure and high quality pictures, data and virtual content across the globe.

 

SIS continues to develop innovative solutions to suit bookmakers at all levels of the industry, and now provides competitive pricing for UK, Ireland and international horse racing, along with greyhounds and other sports via its Trading Services offer. For more information about SIS please visit www.sis.tv

 

Thursday, 21 June 2016

Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services (BAGS) today unveiled its sixth Track Championship which will again see 20 teams battle it out for the coveted crown and subsequent bragging rights. CLICK FOR GROUP DETAILS

 

The BAGS/SIS Track Championship is the sport’s only team event and features a new race type this year – the Elite Standard. This innovative event is being introduced for the first time this year and will be open to the best greyhounds running at the track who have won more than open race in their career, provided they have had five graded runs at their track.

 

The overall winning team will scoop £15,000 to be split between winning trainers and the track. Runners up collect £10,000, the team finishing third £7,500 third. There is now extra prize money for the other places finalists, with the team finishing fourth receiving £4,000, fifth £2,000 and last £1,000.

 

Each race in the qualifying events will be worth £300 to the winner.

 

An additional 10 per cent of all prize money from the qualifying rounds and Finals will be paid to trainers, and this is in addition to the existing prize fund.

 

Total value of the competition, including prize money, trophies, travel allowances etc, will be in the region of £250,000. SIS will again share the cost of staging this valuable event with BAGS.

 

The Grand Finals on Friday December 23rd will be run at a neutral venue and be televised live on Sky Sports in a three and half hour show on a day when there is no UK horse racing.

 

Four regional groups of five tracks will take on each other in a series of qualifying events, with the winner in each group going through to the Grand Finals. The two highest scoring runners-up from the group stage will also take their place in the decider.

 

Each track will stage one qualifying match in their group, consisting of seven races. Each visiting team will supply one runner in every qualifying race, while the home side will field two runners.

 

The qualifying events will comprise of a sprint, one standard race for dogs, bitches and one unrestricted, plus the new Elite Standard for open class dogs, a youngsters race, and one stayers race. Each qualifying event will therefore consist of seven races.

 

“Team spirit undeniably powers this competition,” said Scott Harvey, BAGS’ race programme controller. “It is second to none. Ask anyone that was at Perry Barr for Finals Day or watching live on Sky. Towcester’s joy and elation in lifting the title was one of the highlights of the year. Now everyone wants to take them on, with home advantage or otherwise, and the wraps are ready to come off.”

 

Towcester, although not contracted to BAGS, prove they remain as strong as ever when winning a pre-qualifier at Sheffield with this year’s new kids on the block, Henlow, snapping at their heels in second to secure their place in the competition’s group stage.

 

Harvey added: “We wanted to offer every track in the land the chance to take part, and Henlow and Towcester have seized their opportunity via the pre-qualifier.”

 

Another twist this year is the introduction of the Elite Standard qualifier. Many tracks will have dogs on the strength which have won more than two opens but would have been ruled out under the one open win rule, so we can now expect to see some of the big guns of the open scene in the mix. The action gets underway in September and we wish everyone the best of luck.”

 

BAGS chairman Dominic Ford added: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the only team event in Greyhound Racing. We have been able to increase the overall level of prize money by £21,000 compared to last year. We hope this attracts as much interest from trainers and owners as we have had in the previous years.”

 

As in previous years, competing greyhounds must have had at least five graded races at their home tracks and can have won no more than one open race (apart from the Elite Standard) in 2016 before the start of the event at Crayford on Thursday, September 8th, when the track plays host to the Western region tracks, Swindon, Perry Barr, Monmore and Hall Green. This year the Eastern region will see Peterborough, Nottingham and Henlow do battle with Yarmouth and Doncaster. The last qualifier before the final will take place at Romford on Thursday, December 1st.

 

At the end of the group stage, the highest points-scoring team in each group will go through to compete in the Grand Finals, along with the two highest scoring runners-up.

 

Similar to last year, Track Championship Finals Day will comprise 10 events, two staying races, two standard races each for dogs and bitches, one unrestricted, the Elite Standard, plus one sprint and one youngsters race. Each race will again be worth £1,000 to the winner.

 

Points are scored 10, 7, 5, 3, 2 and 1 in order of finish. Each home team will field two greyhounds per qualifying race, and collect points from each. Heats are worth £300 to the winner, runner-up £100, others £75.

 

The Group winners prize money stands at £3,000, with runners-up receiving £2,000, third £1,000. Team purses are split among trainers at the discretion of the racing manager.  The overall winner’s prize was increased last year to £15,000 and will again be split between the winning trainers and the track (to be added to BAGS prize-money in the following period), with £10,000 to the runners-up and £7,500 for third.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

BAGS today announced that it is to plough nearly £750,000 back into the greyhound racing industry.  These funds were generated in the first six months by streaming of BAGS racing which launched in October last year.

 

The money will be paid to tracks as part of BAGS’ commitment to its tracks and the industry as a whole.  Some have already stated that they will put a high percentage of this money into increasing prize money and welfare projects. This means that funding will be will be felt right down to the grass roots of the industry.

 

Clive Feltham, CEO at GRA and Chairman of the Racecourse Promoters Association commented: “This is good news for Greyhound Racing and a very welcome boost to the big investment made into greyhound welfare and the grass roots of our sport. We are delighted that the BAGS online service has quickly established itself and I know that all BAGS contracted racecourses will be working hard to play their part in continually improving the product and securing more and more customers. I consider that we have the best greyhound racing in the world and our aim with BAGS must be to secure the largest possible part of a massive world-wide market”

 

John Curran, the Kinsley promoter who is a GBGB and Fund director, said: "We're all hugely delighted at this news, streaming is successful and growing.”

 

He went on say that he expected this new revenue to go into extra prizemoney and welfare projects, including finding homes for retired dogs and upgrading trainers’ kennels. “It is important that this money is spent to benefit the grass roots, and that's where it's going,” he said.

 

BAGS is aware of the on-going discussions taking place between the GBGB and the betting industry concerning the future funding of the sport, and that the GBGB has identified greyhound welfare and prize money as areas of outstanding need. BAGS have therefore expressed their hope to tracks that a large percentage of this revenue will be returned in prize money and welfare, and will be monitoring this closely.

 

BAGS racing has always been one of the staples of the UK betting shop experience.  Now, since the launch of its streaming service, BAGS racing has been brought to a wider online audience where customers can view each race either on desktop or mobile.

 

There are approximately 30,000 races run on the BAGS service each year, each available for streaming, including every race staged live on Sky Sports. There is expected to be huge interest in streaming around this year’s Greyhound Derby at Wimbledon through the quarter and semi finals culminating with the Final the following Saturday, June 4th.

 

Dominic Ford, Chairman of BAGS said: “We are delighted to bring British greyhound racing to a new audience and now is the time to get this income back into the sport.

 

“This new source of revenue from bookmakers is adding to the existing industry funding, currently estimate to be more than [£40 million] year across the industry.

“Streaming of BAGS racing has been a real success story to date and we hope to build on this, underlining our commitment to put more money back into the sport and safeguard its future.”

 

There are eight UK partners already live and more are expected to come online in the coming months.  There are also new international markets in the pipeline which could see a further increase in funding going back to the sport.

 

Phill Adams, BAGS CEO said “We have been very encouraged by both the uptake from operators and the growth in volumes from the betting public.  BAGS racing has found a new and important outlet online.

 

“The continual growth in up take is proving that greyhound racing is as popular as ever, while at the same time highlighting the new demand from younger, tech savvy online customers to bet and watch BAGS racing online. “We would also like to say how grateful we are for the level of support we have received from our online partners in driving increased visibility of our racing.”

 

Notes on BAGS

 

The Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services is the rights holder and organiser of televised racing to licensed betting premises.

BAGS is a not-for-profit organisation managed by a Bookmakers committee which monetises the rights of the tracks on the service.  BAGS sells the rights for use in betting shops in the UK, Ireland and oversees.  BAGS racing began streaming in 2015.

The revenues generated by BAGS ultimately benefit the industry as a whole.

 

For further information contact Scott Harvey on 0207 434 0123.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

FOUR tracks will contest the BAGS Track Championship pre-qualifier at Sheffield – Henlow, Harlow, Towcester and Pelaw, with the two highest scoring teams winning through to the competition proper, which gets underway in October.

 

The Sheffield showdown on Tuesday 3 May will comprise four races, one over 500 metres, 480 metres, one stayers race over 660m and a sprint of 280m. Each track will send out a runner in each, and will double up with runners in two of the races, the draw allocation for which was made yesterday at the GBGB.

 

Henlow and Harlow will send out two runners each in the 500 metre race, Henlow and Towcester will double up in the 480 metre contest, Pelaw and Towcester will be required to send out two apiece in the sprint, and Pelaw and Harlow will both field two runners in the stayers event.

 

Points are scored 10,7,5,3 2 and 1 according to order of finish in all races.

 

For greyhounds to be eligible, they must have competed in five graded races at their home track and cannot have won more than one open race in 2016, but can have won more than one in 2015. Prize money for each race will be £300 to the winner, £100 second, £75 others. There will also be ten percent extra prize money for trainers.

 

The uncertainty surrounding the future of Wimbledon ruled them out, and Shawfield declined.

 

Scott Harvey, BAGS race programme controller, said yesterday: “We wanted to give every track every possible chance. However there has been no definite confirmation that Wimbledon will be granted an extension to race beyond 18 June, and the traveling involved for Shawfield trainers to participate was probably a big factor in them not taking part.”

 

Two teams from the pre-qualifier at Sheffield will join the others in the competition’s group stages when it gets underway in October.

 

There will eventually be four groups of five tracks as before, and the groups for this year’s Track Championship will looked at following the pre-qualifier. Last year’s group winners received £3,000, runners-up £2,000, £1,000 third. Four group winners qualified for the Track Championship Finals staged at Perry Barr, along with two highest scoring runners-up. The overall winning track (Towcester) received £15,000, split between the winning trainers and subsequent prize-money. Runners-up Newcastle got £10,000, with £7,500 for the third (Hall Green).  The other tracks in the final were Romford, Monmore and Belle Vue.

 

“Expect the Sheffield showdown on 3 May to be hotly contested. Last year’s winners Towcester will have to bring their A game if they are to go through, as Pelaw regularly send to Sheffield as it’s a track their dogs do well at.

 

“Both Henlow and Harlow will be throwing everything at it to qualify and it would not surprise me if there is little in separating these four teams at the finish.”

Trainers are reminded that the date for trials is Wednesday 27 April, and all requests for must be made with the racing office by Friday 22 April.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

BAGS has thrown the Track Championship doors wide open this year offering all UK tracks outside of the betting shop service a chance to qualify for the showcase Grand Finals Day in December. This means defending champions Towcester is now able to defend its crown.

 

A one-off pre-qualifying competition is set to  be staged at Sheffield on the first Tuesday night in May, and will be shown live on Bags, with the two highest scoring teams put through to the competition proper, jointly sponsored by Bags and SIS.

 

Two slots have been set aside in the group stages, which will be drawn up following the Sheffield showdown.

 

Scott Harvey, Bags race programme controller, said yesterday: “We wanted to give every track in the land the chance to take part. After all it is the sport’s biggest team event, and we don’t want to leave anyone out. Those tracks licensed by the Greyhound Board, but who do not form part of the Bags service, now have the opportunity to take part this year. Two teams from the May 3 pre-qualifier at Sheffield will join the others in the competition’s group stages when it gets underway in October.”

 

A Tuesday night is seen as best given Sheffield’s existing regular opens, and the streaming interest which has built up there. Harvey added: "We want it done and dusted before the Derby starts  [due to begin the following night on Wednesday May 4]. Then we can draw up the groups, and roll the thing out so everyone knows where they stand with the competition this year well in advance, rules etc."

 

The Sheffield qualifier will comprise of four races: a 280m sprint, then 480m, 500m plus a stayers over 660m. The make-up will depend on how many tracks actualy take part, but they will all be six-runner races with tracks doubling up with runners in some races, to be decided by drawing lots.  If there were say four tracks involved, each would have two runners in two races. Points will then be taken from the highest scorer.

 

Last year’s champions Towcester have already accepted, along with Pelaw Grange, Henlow and Harlow. Mildenhall declined the offer, while Shawfield will make a decision on their participation after Saturday's RPGTV Scottish Derby final.

 

Harvey has also discussed the position of Wimbledon with its management, but explained the uncertainty there would need to be quickly cleared up.

 

For greyhounds to be eligible, they must have competed in five graded races at their home track and cannot have won more than one open race in 2016, but can have won more than one in 2015. Prize money for each race will be £300 to the winner, £100 second, £75 others. There will also be ten per cent extra prize money for trainers.

 

Harvey continued: “We appreciate that for Shawfield to take part it would mean big journeys for their trainers, and that’s understandable. However it’s a great track and hopefully they can, otherwise we will see who comes out best from Harlow, Henlow, Pelaw Grange, and Towcester. Harlow, Henlow and Towcester are all RPGTV regulars, so there will also be plenty of interest from viewers around their favourite greyhounds.

 

 “These tracks who week in, week out, do their best to provide quality racing for their regulars now have their chance. And with any luck the Sheffield pre-qualifier will further add to the team spirit and excitement which the Track Championship generates every year.”

 

There will eventually be four groups of five tracks as before, and although 2016 details remain to be confirmed, last year’s group winners received £3,000, runners-up £2,000, £1,000 third. Four group winners qualified for the Track Championship finals staged at Perry Barr, along with two highest scoring runners-up. The overall winning track (Towcester) received £15,000, split between the winning trainers and subsequent prize-money. Runners-up Newcastle got £10,000, with £7,500 for the third (Hall Green).  The other tracks in the final were Romford, Monmore and Belle Vue.

 

This year's final is the Friday afternoon before Christmas and will again be shown live on Sky Sports.

 

Points are scored 10,7,5,3 2 and 1 according to order of finish in all races, including the new qualifying round.

 

Trap draws for the Sheffield pre-qualifier will be made at the Greyhound Board offices in the week beforehand.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

There is plenty in store for greyhound fans in the second half of 2016 after Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services (BAGS) today announced their Sky Sports schedule.

 

BAGS, as programme commissioners, are rolling out 19 fixtures from July to December, again working closely with SIS, Sky Sports, the GBGB and sponsors to produce the best possible coverage.

 

Nottingham are up first with the Final of the Select Stakes on Tuesday July 5th, won last year by the fantastic Swift Hoffman. The William Hill Festival of Racing at Sunderland takes place on Wednesday 13th and always attracts some of the best early-paced hounds around. The cameras then head back to Hove for the Coral Sussex Cup on Wednesday 27th for this £10,000 to-the-winner decider over 515m, with many making the journey to Hove after spending the day at Goodwood Races.

 

BAGS/SIS Track Championship heroes Towcester again stage the Final of the TV Trophy over the true marathon distance of 906 metres on Wednesday August 3rd, won last year by Irish challenger Ballymac Bonnie. Then it’s on to Monmore on Thursday 18th for the final of the £10,000 Ladbrokes Gold Cup, won in stunning fashion last year by Swift Hoffman, putting him well on the way to being crowned Greyhound of the Year for 2015. Racegoers can again expect a warm welcome at the North East Gala Night at family-run Pelaw Grange on Tuesday 23rd, a series of invitation races, while the decider of the Coral Champion Stakes at Romford will bring the curtain down on August on Wednesday 31st.

 

The Betfred Steel City Cup, referred to by some as the Derby of the North, gets September off to a flying start with the decider staged on Tuesday 6th, which was turned into a procession last year by Jimmy Wright’s Minglers Thunder. The locally-trained Do It For Twiggy, available at 50-1 at the outset, took the roof off when winning the East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth last year. Sponsors will be hoping this year’s renewal on Wednesday 14th of this £15,000 to-the-winner event will throw up just as much interest, and perhaps another outsider. The Doncaster St Leger reaches its conclusion on Wednesday 21st at the south Yorkshire circuit before the cameras roll on to Crayford for the Final of the Ladbrokes Gold Collar, now in its second year on Sky after a fantastic renewal of this historic race last year. Other finals staged on this bumper night of racing include the Guys and Dolls and the Kent Cesarewitch.

 

Stars of the hurdling ranks take centre stage at Sittingbourne with the final of the Grand National on Tuesday October 4th, alongside the final of the Kent Derby. There are two other live-on-Sky fixtures in October, the William Hill All England Cup at Newcastle on Thursday 13th, before the spotlight focuses on the best of British breeding with the final of the British Breeders’ Stakes from Nottingham on Tuesday 25th.

 

June Harvey realised her dream when her Fizzypop Buddy put rivals to the sword in the £25,000 William Hill St Leger last year. This year’s finale gets November’s coverage underway on Tuesday 8th   at a venue to be confirmed. Nottingham will wrap November up with the final of the Betfred Eclipse on Tuesday 22nd.

 

The Coral Essex Vase reaches its conclusion at Romford on Wednesday, December 7th and the Oaks/Laurels finals night takes place at Belle Vue on Wednesday 13th.

 

The BAGS/SIS Track Championship Final on December 23rd, now in its third year of being televised live on Sky Sports, has become an important part of the racing calendar. This year’s finale will be held at a venue to be chosen in December once the competition’s group stages have concluded.

 

“Coverage keeps building and building,” said Scott Harvey, race programme controller for BAGS. “And that’s good news for trainers, owners and breeders alike.

 

“It is vital that we keep this, the sport’s shop window, wide open for all to see. Thanks to the continued support of bookmakers we are able to do this and these Sky nights present owners and trainers across the country with a chance for a spot in the limelight. Everyone dreams of seeing their dog run on Sky.”

 

BAGS chairman Dominic Ford added: “We are delighted that our partnership with Sky continues to deliver top class Greyhound Racing into people’s living rooms.”

Monday, 7 December 2015

November 2015

Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services (BAGS) announced that Perry Barr is to host the fifth BAGS/Track Championship Grand Finals on Wednesday afternoon, December 23.

 

This, the sport’s only team event, boasts a prize fund of £200,000 and will be televised live on Sky Sports on a day when there is no horse racing.

Scott Harvey of Bags said: “We have consulted with the various qualifiers, and everyone gave Perry Barr a thumbs-up. It’s a fair running track, centrally located, and given the recent wild weather, accessible to all.

 

“It proved a tremendous climax at Wimbledon on Saturday, and Hall Green, watching from the sidelines, edged through as the last qualifier.  The rivalry between Monmore and Hall Green is intense, the big guns of Newcastle and Towcester are there, along with Belle Vue and Romford.  After last year’s twists and turns on finals day, you wouldn’t rule anything out, and the ten races will make for a fantastic pre-Christmas Sky show.”

 

Perry Barr successfully hosted the final three years ago, when Newcastle were the winners.

 

Harvey added: “We’ve also noted that Matt Howe, the new Racing Post/SIS Manager of the Year, runs the Ladbrokes shop closest to the track, so feel it is appropriate to invite him along to make one of the race presentations.”

 

Note: Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services is the rights holder and organiser of televised racing to licensed betting premises.

 

For further information contact Scott Harvey on 0207 434 0123

DOMINIC FORD

 JANUARYCORALS CORONATION CUP - Romford - Wednesday 13PRESTIGE - Hall Green - Wednesday 27 FEBRUARYPINPOINT EVENT TBC - Newcastle - Tuesday 9TRAINERS CHAMPIONSHIP - Sittingbourne - Tuesday 16LADBROKES GOLDEN JACKET - Crayford - Tuesday 24 MARCHRACING POST JUVENILE/SPRINGBOK - Wimbledon - Tuesday 8LADBROKES PUPPY DERBY - Monmore - Thursday 17THE ARC - Swindon - Wednesday 23 APRILPINPOINT THREE STEPS - Sheffield - Tuesday 5BETFRED GYMCRACK - Kinsley - Wednesday 20BRESMED NORTHERN SPRINT - Sheffield - Tuesday 26 MAYCORAL REGENCY - Hove - Wednesday May 4WILLIAM HILL GREYHOUND DERBY 3rd ROUND – Saturday 21WILLIAM HILL GREYHOUND DERBY QUARTER FINALS – Tuesday 24WILLIAM HILL GREYHOUND DERBY SEMI FINALS – Saturday 28 JUNEWILLIAM HILL GREYHOUND DERBY FINAL – Saturday 4PINPOINT GALA - Newcastle - Thursday 23 Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services (BAGS) has announced a schedule for next year’s Sky Sports greyhound fixtures for the first half of 2016.

 

BAGS, as programme commissioners, have worked closely with sponsors, tracks and Sky Sports in recent months to formulate coverage from January to June, comprising 17 fixtures.

 

The first of the Sky fixtures will take place at Romford on Wednesday, January 13th for the final of the Coral Coronation Cup, and the cameras will be in Birmingham on Wednesday 27h when the Prestige is staged at Hall Green over 645m, won this year by the sensational Billy’s Bullet. There is still an opportunity to sponsor The Prestige and interested parties are invited to contact Scott Harvey at BAGS.

 

There are three fixtures in February, the first at Newcastle (a Pinpoint feature event) on Tuesday 9th, followed by the renewal of the Trainers Championship at Sittingbourne on Tuesday 16th, kindly sponsored again by Len Ponder, and won in a thriller this year by Kevin Hutton, stealing victory from Mark Wallis in the last race.

 

The cameras roll onto Crayford on Tuesday 24th for the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket, which was hugely successful following the decision to take up a midweek slot and go live on Sky, instead of the traditional Saturday morning on the BAGS service.

 

The Racing Post Juvenile/Springbok double header will get March off to a flying start at Wimbledon on Tuesday 8th, followed by a new event, the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby at Monmore on Thursday 17th, which always attracts the cream of the crop, this year featuring the likes of Newinn Rocket, Romany Rouge and Glenpadden Rock. The final of the Arc at Swindon brings March to a close on Wednesday 23rd.

 

There are three live-on-Sky fixtures in April, the Pinpoint Three Steps at Sheffield on Tuesday 5th, the Betfred Gymcrack at Kinsley on Wednesday 20th and a welcome addition to the Category One ranks, the Bresmed Northern Sprint at Sheffield on Tuesday 26th.

 

Again much to the delight of greyhound fans, full coverage of the William Hill Greyhound Derby from the 3rd round onwards will be shown live on Sky. May gets underway at Hove on Wednesday 4th with the Final of the Coral Regency. Then it’s all about the Derby, with the 3rd round on Saturday 21st, the quarter finals on Tuesday 24th and the semis on Saturday 28th.

 

Prepare yourself in June then for what promises to be one of next year’s Super Saturdays with the Final of the William Hill Greyhound Derby on the evening of Saturday 4th, with the horse equivalent being run at Epsom Downs in the afternoon, giving racegoers the chance to get themselves to Wimbledon for the decider of the sport’s biggest event, and the richest prize ever with £250,000 going to the winner.

 

BAGS race programme controller Scott Harvey is responsible for the Sky schedule and said: “We are not even done with 2015 yet, but what a belter 2016 promises to be with new events hitting the screens including the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby and the Bresmed Northern Sprint.

 

“Bresmed’s managing director and greyhound enthusiast Nic Brereton wanted to support the sprinters and make this a race to remember. Thanks to him they now have their chance to shine on Sky in this Category One event.

 

“Along with all sponsors, we are again grateful to Alan Findlay and Pinpoint Recruitment for their continued support of greyhound racing not just on Sky, but across the sport. Their enthusiasm was rewarded with a win with Ballymac Matt in the Irish Greyhound Derby, and you can expect those celebrations to spill over at Doncaster on Wednesday which will be packed to the gills for the final of the Pinpoint St Leger.”

 

Dominic Ford, Chairman of BAGS, said “I am very proud of the huge financial commitment that the British Bookmaking Industry is again making, through BAGS, to ensure that the top tier of British Greyhound Racing continues to be available to view on Sky Sports.”

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

BAGS is pleased to announce the 2016 fixture list for British Greyhound racing supplied to UK and Ireland betting shops and online operators.

 

The fixture list for 2016 will be identical in structure with same number of meetings in the same slots to give the Greyhound betting customer a consistent offer. BAGS have consulted with different parts of the industry to ensure that customers continue to have the best quality racing available whilst ensuring that the highest operational standards in regards to welfare & integrity are maintained.

 

The alterations are in the following slots:

 

          • Thursday evenings; Hove will change their existing meeting to a BAGS meeting, replacing Sittingbourne.

          • Friday evenings; Crayford will change their existing meeting to a BAGS meeting, replacing Towcester & Peterborough, who move their meetings to Saturdays.

          • Saturday evenings; Peterborough & Sittingbourne combine to replace Towcester & Wimbledon.

 

BAGS Chairman, Dominic Ford said “The 2016 fixture list illustrates the continued support for greyhound racing from the UK betting industry.  While the total number of greyhound races run in the UK has decreased by around 30% since 2006, BAGS payments to the industry have increased by 40% in the same period.  The BAGS fixture list helps to maintain prize money levels and ensures funding is available to strive for the highest standards in welfare and integrity.”

 

Dominic added “While ensuring funds are available to the Sport it was important to ensure that the 2016 fixture list will cost no more than 2015. We have achieved this. It is fundamental given huge cost pressures that the LBO estates have been subjected to in recent years. Where we have removed fixtures BAGS has replaced them with existing meetings in order to reduce the pressure on greyhound runner numbers. I am however very disappointed to say that we cannot continue the trial we started in 2015 with the Wimbledon Saturday fixtures. The uncertainty around the planning application makes this too risky in 2016.”

 

Notes to editors

 

About BAGS

 

Since 1967 BAGS has been the rights holder for UK Greyhound meetings appearing in bookmaker shops.  BAGS provide more than 29,000 greyhound races into licensed betting offices in the UK and Ireland and more than 20 international territories.

 

BAGS races are broadcast 363 days a year with racing starting at 11am and running though until 9.30 pm.

 

All 18 tracks that provide racing to BAGS are governed by The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB). Integrity and welfare remain hugely important principles for BAGS and with the increasing annual licence fees, BAGS is helping to support the future of the sport of Greyhound racing in the UK.

 

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Friday, 28 November 2014

In what amounts to a statement of confidence by BAGS in British greyhound racing, three new tracks – Towcester, Wimbledon and Doncaster, have been included in the betting office programme for next year.

 

Towcester, the first new greyhound track to be built in the UK from scratch in 20 years, has been granted unprecedented access for a newcomer to the BAGS service with 53 meetings having been allocated to the Northamptonshire stadium on Friday and Saturday evenings, starting from 3 April.

 

Wimbledon, facing very different challenges but still the home of the Derby and the only surviving greyhound stadium in the London area, will also be on the service on Saturday evenings, beginning on 6 June.  Wimbledon is not an entire newcomer to BAGS, having been a participant back in 2006, and having been seen in the shops more recently as a result of BAGS’ rescue of the popular Sky greyhound nights.

 

A third newcomer is Doncaster, which having successfully hosted a Sky night in October of this year, has been awarded 17 Wednesday evening fixtures, from 6 May.

 

A further vote of confidence has been awarded to Peterborough who will now stage 29 Friday evening fixtures in 2015.

 

Tom Kelly, who will hand over the chairmanship of BAGS to Board director Dominic Ford at the end of this year, said: “This is the first time in my 30 years with BAGS that we have had to construct a fixture list in the knowledge that a new, high quality and potentially hugely successful greyhound track was about to enter the mix.  This was something we could not ignore and we are delighted to have helped give Towcester a kick start.

 

“In the case of Wimbledon, we share the sport’s concern that the home of the Derby and the only surviving track with a London postcode, should be under threat.  We know that Wimbledon has problems that will have to be addressed if it is to continue in the longer term, but we choose to take a positive view of the future and the award of 29 slots on Saturday evenings demonstrates our support for the continuance of greyhound racing at SW17.”

 

Wimbledon will again be to the fore in 2015 with the BAGS-commissioned Sky coverage when the Derby action takes centre stage from 13 June onwards, with all Sky greyhound shows extended to two and a half hours.

 

Incoming chairman Dominic Ford (pictured) said: “I am taking over as chairman at BAGS just as it has announced its most extensive fixture list. This represents a major endorsement in the strength of British Greyhound racing and the value that BAGS brings to all of the tracks.”

 

George Irvine, Managing Director Betting and International at SIS added: “The 2015 fixture list sends out a very positive message to the Betting Industry with the inclusion of Towcester and Wimbledon. I am also pleased to see Doncaster and Peterborough included, and with the Sky programmes being extended to two and a half hours there is plenty on the greyhound front to look forward to in 2015.”

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services (BAGS) is eager to hear from potential sponsors for the TV Trophy, and another event in October, after announcing a schedule for the second half of this year’s Sky Sports greyhound fixtures.

 

BAGS, as programme commissioners, have worked closely with SIS, Sky schedulers, sponsors and the GBGB in recent months to formulate coverage from July to December, comprising 15 fixtures.

 

A sponsor is now being sought for this year’s TV Trophy, scheduled to be staged in August, and for an event yet to be confirmed in October.

 

The first of the Sky fixtures in July will be the Select Stakes at Nottingham on Tuesday 8, and the cameras will then head north to Sunderland on Wednesday 16 for the William Hill UK Festival. The Coral Sussex Cup takes place at Hove on Tuesday, 29th during Goodwood race week. A bumper crowd and quality supporting card is expected for this category one event over 515 metres, worth £10,000 to the winner.

 

There are two fixtures in August, the TV Trophy (at a venue to be confirmed) on Wednesday 6, followed by a new showcase of action for Sky greyhound fans, the Ladbrokes Gold Cup at Monmore on Thursday 21.

 

September is set to get off to flyer with the prestigious Champion Stakes at Romford on Tuesday 9, followed by the final of East Anglian Derby which returns to our screens at Yarmouth on Wednesday 17. The Steel City Cup at Sheffield, won by Elaine Parker last year with Pay Freeze, the trainer’s third success in the race, takes place on Tuesday 30.

 

There are also three live-on-Sky fixtures in October, the William Hill All England Festival at Newcastle on Thursday 9, the second at a venue to be confirmed on Wednesday 15 before the Sky spotlight will focus on the best of British breeding with the final of the British Breeders’ Stakes at Nottingham on Tuesday 28.

 

Stamina to the fore in November for the final of the William Hill St Leger on Tuesday 11, won last year in emphatic fashion by Farloe Tango, the enigmatic 2013 Greyhound of the Year. The Sky cameras then return to Nottingham for the final of the Betfred Eclipse on Tuesday 18, won last year by Mark Wallis’ Bridge Hondo in a vintage renewal.

 

The Coral Essex Vase reaches its conclusion at Romford on Tuesday, December 2nd and the Laurels and Oaks double-header finals night will bring the 2014 Sky coverage curtain down at Belle Vue on Wednesday 10.

Wednesday 2 October 2013

Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services (BAGS) today unveiled its third Track Championship, the sport’s biggest team event. Total prize money, including trophies and travel allowances, will be in the region of £200,000, up from £160,000 last year. SIS will for the first time share the cost.

 

This year’s renewal will see six groups take on each other in a series of regional events with the winner in each group going through to the Grand Finals at Sheffield on Monday, 23 December.

 

Greyhound racing will again take centre stage two days in front of Christmas on a day when there is no UK horseracing.

 

There is a change to the competition’s format this year in that the tracks will each stage one qualifying match consisting of 10 races, up from six last year, supplying two runners in every race. There will be five groups of three tracks, and a three-fixture match between Yarmouth and Peterborough, the track with the highest points going through. Each track will supply two runners per race at each of the qualifying matches, with Yarmouth and Peterborough supplying three.

 

Each qualifying event will comprise of a sprint, two standard races for dogs, bitches and two unrestricted, a standard puppy race, plus two stayers.

 

“It’s game on,” said Scott Harvey, BAGS’ race programme controller. “Racing managers are already in deep discussion with their trainers about putting their track’s best possible team together. And they will need to, as you can again expect the rivalry to be fierce, the action to be fast and the team spirit which the Track Championship generates, unmatched.”

 

Yarmouth is one of the most isolated tracks on the BAGS service, with Peterborough its closest neighbour 100 miles away. “Matching them in one group makes geographical sense,” added Harvey. “It also avoids dogs from others tracks travelling long distances for trials, thereby putting pressure on racing offices and their graded strengths.”

 

Competing greyhounds must have had at least five graded races at their home tracks but different to last year, they can have won one open race before the start of the event at Kinsley on 20th October, when the track plays host to Newcastle and Sunderland. Runners are also eligible if they win a maximum of one open after the event kicks off.

 

The last qualifier before the final will take place at Swindon on Friday, 6 December.

 

At the end of the group stage, the highest points-scoring team will go through to compete in the Grand Finals.

 

Similar to last year, and mirroring each regional match, Finals Day will comprise 10 events, two staying races, and two each of the standard unrestricted, dogs and bitches, plus one sprint and one puppy race.

 

Points are scored 10, 7, 5, 3, 2 and 1 in order of finish. Heats are worth £200 to the winner, runner-up £100, others £75. Winners of the Track Championship Finals get £500, second £200 and others £100.

 

Another added bonus this year is that the Group winners prize money has increased to £2,000, with runners-up receiving £1,000, third £500. Team purses are split among trainers at the discretion of the racing manager. Travel allowances for the tracks will be £1,000 paid per team.

 

And in a new move, the overall winner’s prize of £12,500 will be split between the winning trainers and the track (to be added to BAGS prize-money in the following period), with £7,500 to the runner-up and £5,000 for third.

Wednesday 6 November 2013

Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services (BAGS) announced a schedule for next year’s Sky Sports greyhound fixtures for the first half of 2014.

 

BAGS, as programme commissioners, have worked closely with SIS, Sky schedulers, sponsors and the GBGB in recent months to formulate coverage from January to June, comprising 15 fixtures.

 

The BAGS fixture list itself is scheduled to be released next week, subject to confirmation.

 

The first of the Sky fixtures will take place at Romford on Tuesday, January 14th for the Coral Coronation Cup, and the cameras will be in Birmingham on Wednesday 29th when the Local Parking Security Prestige returns to our screens at Hall Green.

 

There are two fixtures in February, the first at Sheffield (feature event to be confirmed) on Tuesday 4th, followed by a new showcase of action for the north east, the Pinpoint Festival of Racing at Newcastle on Tuesday 11th.

 

The Racing Post Juvenile/Springbok double header will get March off to a flying start at Wimbledon on Tuesday 4th, followed by the Trainers’ Championship on Tuesday 25th at a venue to be confirmed.

 

There are also two live-on-Sky fixtures in April, the Pinpoint Arc at Swindon on Wednesday 16th, followed by the Coral Regency at Hove on Thursday 24th.

 

Much to the delight of greyhound fans, full coverage of the William Hill Greyhound Derby from the 3rd round onwards will be shown live on Sky. The Derby 3rd round takes place on Saturday May 17th on the red button, the Quarter Finals on Tuesday 20th, Semi-Finals on Saturday 24th, with the Derby Final screened live in a special two-and-a-half hour show on Saturday, May 31st .

 

There is also plenty on offer in June with three fixtures, the first on Wednesday 4th at a venue to be confirmed, followed by the Betfred Gymcrack at Kinsley on Tuesday 10th, and the Three Steps at Sheffield on Tuesday, June 24th.

 

Commenting on the new schedule, BAGS chairman Tom Kelly said: “We have had a positive response from the industry following the coverage this year and are pleased to be in a position to continue this into 2014. Everyone has pulled together again to make this happen and help provide an exciting mix of competitions in the first six months.”

 

Friday 17 May 2013

Thursday 16 January 2013

Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services (BAGS) has today announced a schedule for this year’s remaining Sky Sports greyhound fixtures.

 

BAGS, as programme commissioners, have worked closely with SIS, Sky schedulers and the GBGB in recent months to formulate coverage for the remaining five months of the year comprising of 10 fixtures.

 

The first of these will take place at Hove on Wednesday, August 7th with the Coral Sussex Cup, and the cameras will be in place the following week for the decider of the Champion Stakes at Romford on Tuesday the 13th.

 

There are two fixtures in September, one event yet to be confirmed, to take place on the 4th, followed by the Steel City Cup at Sheffield on Wednesday 11th.

 

The William Hill All England Festival at Newcastle will take centre stage on Tuesday, October 8th, followed by the Kent Derby and Grand National live from Sittingbourne on Thursday 17th.

 

There are also two live-on-Sky fixtures in November, the William Hill St Leger at Wimbledon on Tuesday, November 12th, and the Betfred Eclipse at Nottingham on Wednesday 20th.

 

In December, the cameras are back at Romford again for the final of the Coral Essex Vase at on Thursday, December 5th, and the final live Sky meeting of the year will be the William Hill Oaks broadcast from Wimbledon on Thursday, December 19th.

 

Commenting on the new schedule, BAGS chairman Tom Kelly said: “Following the success of the Sky fixtures in the first half of the year, we are really looking forward to Phase Two.

 

George Irvine, managing director of SIS Betting added: “The coverage will continue to be presented by Jonathan Hobbs and Tony Ennis, with commentary from Errol Blyth.

 

“There will be regular expert analysis from roving reporter Darrell Williams, with Gary Wiltshire bringing viewers all the news and moves from the betting ring.”

 

Note: Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services is the rights holder and organiser of televised racing to licensed betting premises.

 

For further information contact Scott Harvey on 0207 434 0123.

 

Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services (BAGS) today launches a new, ground-breaking competition, the BAGS/SIS Easter Eggstravaganza.

 

This unique event, boasting a prize fund of £125,000, replaces last year’s Easter Bunny and will for the first time in BAGS’ history bring together the 16 tracks for a 16-race Finals Day showdown at Monmore Green on Good Friday, 29 March - a day when there is no horse racing in the UK.

 

The Eggstravaganza gets underway on Saturday, 2 March, and the preliminary rounds of the competition will provide a highlight every day for two weeks at each of the participating tracks, culminating in a gala day of racing at the end of the month.

 

BAGS/SIS will sponsor each track to produce their own team of six dogs in six one-off qualifying races. The 16 tracks will then go forward to Finals Day and compete on a points basis in 16 races over varying distances to produce an overall winning team.

 

Each of the 16 races on Finals Day are worth £2,000 in prize money, with £1,000 to the winner. Points will be awarded in each race for the first three home – with 5 going to the winner, 3 for second and 1 point for third. The winning team will receive £6,000 to be shared among the trainers, with an additional £10,000 to be paid out in prize money at the track. Second prize is £3,000, with £6,000 in track prize money, with the team finishing third receiving £1,000 and £4,000 in prize money for their track.

 

Scott Harvey, Deputy Secretary of BAGS said: “We have listened to track management, owners and trainers following the hugely popular Track Championship and have come up with a competition to keep team spirit and camaraderie flowing.

 

 “The Easter Eggstravaganza now gives smaller tracks who struggled at the group stage of the Championship a chance for their teams to shine and win big on the day. And whereas the Easter Bunny had no overall winner, and no team element, just a series of finals, the new format transforms the event and hopefully should generate plenty of interest on and off the track during the month of March.”

 

The qualifying rounds of the competition will be held on specified dates (see attached). Greyhounds must have competed in a minimum of five graded races at their home track to be eligible to take part, one of which must have been run at a BAGS meeting. Dogs who have been competing in and have won a maximum of one Open race will be eligible to run. The event will take place at Monmore Green which has a paddock capacity sufficient for all 96 greyhounds to be kennelled.

 

Note: Bookmakers’ Afternoon Greyhound Services is the rights holder and organiser of televised racing to licensed betting premises.

 

For further information contact Scott Harvey on 0207 434 0123.